For us at WeddingDJ, musical updating is a priority, and we never miss the most important musical events, including the international ones, to grasp useful themes and ideas for your events.
Now let’s take a closer look at the new edition (number 65) of the Grammys, which crowned QueenB (Beyoncé) as the most awarded artist of her career. The American singer, who has been nominated 88 times in her career, has won two Grammys (totaling 32), as best album in the «Best Dance/Electronic Music» category, with “Renaissance,” and in the «Best Dance/Electronic Album» category, with “Break my soul”. Inspired by a house classic (“Show Me Love” by Robin S.), it’s a dance piece, which also had a good response in clubs last summer. However, at wedding parties, it’s not a real floorfiller, but is useful to …. prepare the crowd to the most engaging moments!
Also to Beyoncé goes the award for the best R&B song, “Cuff it”, another excerpt from Renaissance, with a funky sound as well as an excellent singing performance. The sounds are very accurate thanks to Niles Rodgers who collaborated in the production of the records.
Really interesting is the “Best New Artist Award” won by Samara Joy. Born in the Bronx, she’s a young talented Jazz singer who was influenced and inspired by artists of the caliber of Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan. Thus, she came up with a repertoire that seems to be specially made for aperitifs, and background music for dinners and wedding parties. For example, the song, “Can’t Get Out Of This Mood,” sung right at the Grammy night, is a great choice!
Surprisingly, Bonnie Raitt won the Grammy for Song of the Year with “Just like that,” a piece with a romantic atmosphere that tells the story of an emotional encounter between a woman and a man; the man received the heart of the woman’s son after her death. Therefore, thanks to this precious gift of her son, she lives on her, and thanks her for having given life to both of us. A song with a truly emotional theme, perfect to underline the most emotionally engaging moments in an event such as a wedding.
ADELE WITH “EASY ON ME”: BEWARE, IT CAN RUIN YOUR MARRIAGE
Although it portrays a romantic atmosphere, it’s certainly not suitable for a wedding. “Easy on Me” by Adele triumphed in the Best Pop Solo Performance category. The piece is about her divorce as what she sings about is a direct consequence of her separation from her husband. The piano melody was written for their son, Angelo, while she tries to explain to him why she has decided to separate from his father and choose a new path for the two of them. Without mincing words, you shouldn’t even consider playing it at a wedding!
THE RETURN OF BUBLE’, A VERY LOVED ARTIST FOR WEDDING PARTIES
Best Traditional Pop Album: “Higher”, by Michael Buble. “I’ll Never Not Love You”, a single extracted from his 11th studio work, can be defined as a romantic piece that incorporates the canons to which the Canadian crooner has accustomed us, who, with the evergreen Moonlight, continues to be appreciated, especially for aperitifs, thanks to its swing rhythm.
Harry’s House is the album that crowns 2023 Grammy winner, Harry Styles. It is an album full of interesting, sometimes intimate songs, and elegant in all, and which treasures the more “sophisticated” pop of the 80s. In short, it is obviously not suitable for parties. However, Sam Smyers’ remix of Music For a Sushi Restaurant seems good also for dancing, and we often recommend it for your private parties!
Of all the songs on the album, let’s mention then the beautiful Late Night Talking, a love song, but with a rhythm:
Now you’re in my life
I can’t get you off my mind
Lizzo’s success in the “Record of the Year” award, with “About Damn Time,” didn’t come as a surprise. (Important note: the “record of the year” award is assigned to the performer and team that composed the song, and in the case of “About Damn Time,” Lizzo also appears among the authors). Also, with its carefully crafted sounds and a truly addictive rhythm, you can’t resist Lizzo’s invitation to “Turn up the music”!
In the Best Rap Album, as previously predicted by many insiders, was Kendrick Lamar’s “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers.” It’s not exactly the type of album that is frequently played at wedding parties, but there will certainly be no shortage of international spouses, especially Americans, who will request pieces taken from this work by the American artist.
What about Latin music? Well, unlike previous editions, pop’s success this year wasn’t much. Be that as it may, the award for Best Urban Album should be mentioned. It is “Un verano sin ti,” by Bad Bunny (he is a true star of Latin music. Do you remember “Te Bote,” created in collaboration with Nio Garcia, Casper Magico, Darrell, Ozuna, and Nicky Jam?).
Even though she hasn’t won any golden gramophone, but only received Grammy nominations for “Best New Artist,” let’s talk about Anitta. One of the queens of Latin music, she featured on this summer’s Black Eyed Peas’ song, “Simply the best,” which is still very appreciated by partygoers!
Also noteworthy, within the 65th edition of the Grammys, was the live performance of a 72-year old, Stevie Wonder. He has already hauled 25 Golden Gramophone Awards in his career, he sang “The Way You Do The Things You Do” by The Supremes, with R&B group WanMore. During his performance, he was very engaging (the audience in the stalls danced wildly) and full of emotions, especially when he duetted with William “Smokey” Robinson, 82, on the notes of «Tears of a Clown».
For the most international of Italian bands, The Maneskin, competed in the “Best New Artist” category this year but lost out. The big question is: Will they make it next year?